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1 Chinese – EU cooperation on water - Partnerships on Water Challenges 2014 CEWP High Level Conference, 4 th December 2014 Marta Moren Abat DG ENVIRONMENT, International, regional and Bilateral relations Unit EUROPEAN COMMISSION

2 1.Water challenges 2. Water as opportunity for growth 3. EU FAC Council Conclusions July European Water Policy - Legal Context 5. China and EU joining efforts

3 1. Water challenges A growing challenge Water scarcity, inefficient water use and water pollution are a constraint on economic growth Urbanisation, industry, energy, agriculture Scarcity and sustainable management Plans risk being derailed by inter-regional disputes. Sound and cooperative governance plays a role Transboundary water issues and conflicts River Basin Commissions, EU Common Implementation Strategy Private sector involvement Water pricing, involvement of private sector and stakeholders

4 Sources: Economic output of the world's ten most populous river basins will exceed that of the USA, Japanese and German economies combined Portion of global GDP June Water as opportunity for growth 570 Billion € 80 Billion € 2313 Billion € 232 Billion € but only if water scarcity is addressed 1013 Billion € 4995 Billion €

5 Address the water-intensity of our economies to close the gap between projected future water demand and current supply Match availability and demand of water in terms of competing objectives of the different sectors Look at the implications of water resources allocation and water security Building synergies within watersheds Agriculture Environment Tourism Drinking water Industry Energy

6  The EU has a substantive commitment to address the root causes of water challenges, particularly through its work on development and environment  An EU policy promoting water co-operation across the world can be built on the long tradition of co- operation and vast experience and knowledge of the management of transboundary waters in Europe  Encourages the promotion of international agreements on water co-operation, the relevant UNECE and UN Conventions 3. EU FAC Council Conclusions July 2013

7 Slide 7 4. European Water Policy - Legal Context Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) –Groundwater Directive (2006/118/EC) –Priority Substances Directive (2008/105/EC amended in 2013) Extending the scope: –Floods Risk Management Directive (2007/60/EC) –Marine Strategy Directive (2008/56/EC) Urban waste water treatment Directive (91/271/EEC) Nitrates Directive (91/676/EEC) Drinking water Directive (98/83/EC) Bathing water Directive –New (2006/7/EC) –Old (76/160/EEC) –Industrial Emissions, Plant Protection Products, Biocides, REACH, etc.

8 Diversity of river basins in Europe !

9 WFD Implementation: A lot has been achieved, but challenges remain Significant pressures (rivers) Significant impacts (rivers) Source: EEA

10 What does the WFD bring?  Improved governance  Working together for sustainable water management  Planning process  Integrated river basin management  Transparent decision making to balance environmental protection and sustainable development  Technical challenges  Comprehensive assessment of water environment and socio-economic needs  Programme of measures  Abandoning unsustainable practices and repairing damage  Restoration

11 5. China and EU joining efforts: EU – China Cooperation on Water CEWP 1.3 Pillars: Research, Governance and Business 2.Supported by PDSF 3.Represent EU interest 4.Concrete work program Support from EC 1.PDSF 2.EU Horizon 2020 supporting PIANO research project 3.PI Instrument

12 5. Road ahead of China EU Cooperation on Water Agreement on a solid EU China Work Program Detailed Work Program: specifying objectives, implementation, concrete (useful) deliverables, actors involved, financial resources and commitment from the EU and China. Strategic objectives on the benefit of China and EU Involvement of private sector and stakeholders Ownership and commitment Urbanisation challenges


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